..And the world goes baa baa !
Himesh Reshammiya, medias favourite play child has been the butt of many a jibe recently when he donned a burkha as a disguise to visit the dargah of Ajmer Sharif .
The channels, perennially on the look out for fodder to feed their gargantuan appetite for news, made quite a gung ho of it, mocked, sneered, condemned, questioned a seemingly innocuous incident.
I wonder what the uproar was about? A man wearing a burkha or Himesh Reshammiya wearing it? I am sure its not the first and neither will it be the last occasion of some man deciding to don the garb for more serious hidden agendas than this one.Reports also state that Himesh decided to do so after he ventured to visit the durgah, got mobbed, failed and so on advice of an official there decided to return this time clad in a burkha, for which he has since apologised profusely to the concerned authorities in an effort to stem escalation of a controversial debate reportedly.
He has been on a whirlwind tour of major temples and shrines seeking blessings on the eve of the release of his maiden venture as hero ‘ Aap Ka Suroor’. ..which incidentally I have no intention of watching! But it bears no relevance to the crux of this post.
If the mobs at the dargah had been controllable, if they had perhaps been focussed on the purpose of their own visit, instead of getting hysterical over the sight of another mortal like them, the need for such an act would not have arisen. It was clearly, an innocent attempt at getting through unnoticed.
What should cause worry is this modus operandi being adopted by terrorists and other anti social elements…which one assumes has often been resorted to even in the past. Whether burkha ought to be banned is in my view a blasphemous argument never to be indulged in. Surprising that our would/might/could/should be President Pratibha Patil seemed to insinuate recently that purdah ought to be done away with and was thought seriously to be a patient suffering from of foot-in-mouth disease..among others such as talking with dead God men!
Lets face it, there is little one can do to curb the said practise if adhered to by goons. All that we can fervently hope is that a burkha clad person in these fragile times, when danger seems lurking around the corner, needs to be watched carefully, especially if the height, build, hands, feet , exposed areas do not pass scrutiny. Disparity in physical features between man and woman can be identified..all that is needed is hawk eyed invigilators…Not impossible especially when you consider that Rakhi Sawant even in a a burkha would have been recognised!
Himesh is perhaps having the last laugh. Looks like the visit to the shrine insidiously bore fruit. His movie, his purpose of visit, which might have otherwise gone unnoticed, was resultantly flashed all over the print and electronic media.. much more than he might have envisaged. ..Free publicity..the dream of each one bitten by the glamour bug.
Wish our media would reserve their precious bytes for more ‘deserving’ ‘burkha clad ‘ notorious elements, no matter how oxymoron-ish that sounds..
And politicians with burkha’ed intentions and misdeeds!! Expose them from underneath that sordid veil!!